Re: Questions about my first Savage
Savage rifles have a reputation for uncanny accuracy even with the factory barrels. If I were you, I think I'd bed the rifle into the stock of your choosing (read up on it; Savages have a few tricks to them), swap the trigger for the Rifle Basix SAV-2, and shoot it. I think it will do quite well, and you may save yourself a fair amount of $ in the process.
The worst it would do is convince you that you need a different barrel, but on the other hand it may prove itself and give you more time to upgrade as funds become available.